Sunday, 20 January 2013

Some cold weather observations

Church Marsh itself is pretty barren right now, although areas of water or mud are proving a real draw for the residents of Surlingham. Yesterday, Debs and I braved the cold and were treated to excellent views of Fieldfare, Common Snipe and Robins, the latter very tame and clearly desperate for food. Bird of the walk was a Woodcock, flushed from a dyke which also held a small group of Teal. Arriving back at the car, a Great-spotted Woodpecker was drumming, unperturbed by the snow.

This morning, I made an early start in the hope of catching up with some of the smaller birds I had missed yesterday. I was lucky, for amongst the Alders were Lesser Redpoll, Siskin and best of all 2 Brambling! I have not recorded this species at Surlingham for some time and although views were of the back-breaking variety this is always a super finch to see. 
With the hungry Robins in mind, I had taken some bread with me today which was enjoyed by all, including me. Elsewhere, a Snipe was flushed from the ditch near the gun club, and I have my suspicions that this could have been a Jack. Back at the churchyard, 2 Great-spotted Woodpeckers were drumming and a third was chased away. This all bought back fond memories of Estonia. 

On the way to Rockland Broad, 17 Skylark had flocked together in a field.

The Broad itself was mostly without ice, although a small group of Common and Black-headed Gull were loafing on one small shelf of ice. A Wader species was a surprise, and was probably a Ruff although flight views only proved inconclusive. Very little Duck action. 

A plethora of snowy pictures to choose from, so here are a selection.

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